For me the concept of Dreamarchaeology started in 1999 with this piece.
That is when the tagline "Excavated from the ruins of my mind." came to me.
It is no different from actual physical field research except that instead of exploring
physical space and a temporal past it explores innerspace and and imagined future-past.
All other rules and concepts stay the same.
Here's another look at how my process works.
The Dream Key will most likely be one of several before I am done.
I am guessing it probably unlocks some portion of the subconscious.
It started as a pencil sketch. You can see that I unintentionally smear graphite as I draw and
press down rather hard thus buckling the paper.
My next step was to take it into Photoshop and fuss around with the values in a sepia version.
This adds some interest and hides those weak points I mentioned earlier.
After seeing it this way the next step seemed obvious. The book will be fauxtastic as I am loopy for weathered,
beat up, old timey looking stuff. It also seems thematically appropriate for this type of project. So, it's off to
grab some paper and distress assets I have begun to amass.
This drawing might be one of many on a page of things I sketched during a particular dream, surrounded by
my hand-written field notes and acompanied by other bits of added paper or photographikons from the "dig".
Not wanting to use the same papers as anyone else I desided not to use stock images or web-found treasures
for the final works in the book. This led me to experimenting with drawing paper, coffee and tea. I won't go into
the exact means of production. I didn't have a map to get here I just tried all kinds of methods.
These are the results so far...